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Dr. Jonathan Spyer Makes Sense of the Middle East

Dr. Jonathan Spyer Makes Sense of the Middle East

With the rise of the so-called Islamic State, multiple groups fighting each other in the disintegrating states of Syria and Iraq, the bitter Sunni-Shia conflict and the competing interests of state actors and their proxies, the Middle East has never been more confusing for the casual observer. Not to mention the recent Iranian nuclear deal

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Walls, Politics, Mosques, and the Impact of Media Bias

On this week’s show, HonestReporting’s Yarden Frankl reports on a Washington Post article about presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s call for the United States to build a southern border fence to deter Mexican migrants. The piece mentioned border fences across the world, calling Israel’s security barrier an anti-Palestinian, repressive “apartheid wall.” The New York Times ascribes political motivations to the Israeli Prime Minister’s opposition to the Iran deal. Also — did anti-Israel media coverage of the Gaza conflict feed into the massacre in Tennessee?

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The Iranian Deal and Doublethink

Cherryl Smith, PhD, is professor emerita in rhetoric and composition at California State University, Sacramento. She writes at Framing Israel. The substance of what’s wrong with the Iran deal (see here and here) can also be found in the uses and abuses of language surrounding the deal. It is hard to reconcile that the leaders of

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Hamas Sending Fighters to Yemen?

Today’s Top Stories 1. Hamas is rebuilding its tunnel infrastructure and rocket stockpiles with material smuggled into Gaza from Israel. Israel? According to the Times of Israel, Hamas is taking advantage of dual-use materials brought by trucks through the Kerem Shalom crossing and a network of West Bank and Gaza merchants. Tunnel excavators find refrigerator motors

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Israel and ICC on Collision Course Over Mavi Marmara Affair

Today’s Top Stories 1. The International Criminal Court ordered chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to consider opening a full investigation of alleged IDF war crimes during the Mavi Marmara affair. According to the Jerusalem Post: The decision puts the ICC the closest it has ever been to intervening directly in the Israeli-Arab conflict and places the

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Big Media Responds to the Iran Nuke Deal

Today’s Top Stories 1. Big Media responds to the Iran deal. See below for all the news and commentary. 2. Are secret Israel-PA contacts and calming measures cooling down the West Bank? According to the Times of Israel: Palestinian measures have included halting, for the time being, applications to join UN agencies and other international

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Islamic State Entrenching Itself in Sinai?

Today’s Top Stories 1. The Egyptian army retook the northern Sinai towns of El-Arish and Sheikh Zuweid after Islamic State forces managed to seize and hold the towns for several hours yesterday. The IDF boosted its defenses along the border, but beyond that, Israelis are clearly rattled.  Army sources talking to Israeli media are concerned

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